When I went to the National Card Show this summer, I picked up a catalog for Collect Auctions. I'm always in the market for places to find signed baseballs a lot cheaper than their Ebay price, so I gave them a look when I got home from the show. There was an auction ending at the end of August, so I watched it and saw that, when it ended, there were a bunch of hard-to-get Hall of Famers going for more than half of what their autos were going for on Ebay. I decided that, when they offered their next auction (they have auctions quarterly, it seems), I would try to jump in on a ball or two and see what happened.
The first ball I am showing is the above Jocko Conlan signed baseball. Conlan (b. 1899 - d. 1989) played in the majors from 1934 to 1935 with the White Sox. He had 96 hits, 0 home runs and a .263 batting average. Not exactly knocking the socks off of the stat fiends is he? How did he become a Hall of Famer, you might ask? Well, Conlan was known more as an umpire.
Conlan was a National League umpire from 1941 to 1965. He umpired five World Series (1945, 1950, 1954, 1957 and 1961). He was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1974, at that time, the 4th umpire enshrined.
Conlan is my 79th Hall of Fame signed baseball and my 2nd umpire (Doug Harvey being the other). Stay tuned to see the other baseball I picked up. Someone who had some clashes with tonight's subject, Conlan.